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Carey Purcell is a New-York based reporter, author and theater critic. She writes about entertainment, pop culture, politics and current events from a feminist perspective.

Carey’s work has been published in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Politico, The Guardian, The Nation, American Theatre Magazine, Dame Magazine and numerous other publications. Read more.

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Published: Seeing Yourself Onstage: The Heidi Chronicles

  I often go to the theater to escape my life. Not that my life is horrible, but who doesn’t need a break now and then from their everyday problems, jobs, or relationships? Plays and musicals offer a glimpse into … Continue reading


Published: Why the Play Wit Made Me Cry So Hard

Originally published on Show-Score.com View this post online I didn’t cry a lot when I was sick. I was too busy, stressed, and scared to allow myself to break down in tears. It was almost five years later, when I … Continue reading


Published: It’s OK to Not Be Facebook Friends With Your S.O.

Originally published on Glamour.com View this story online Miranda and her boyfriend, Daniel,* have been together for almost two years. They’ve traveled around the country, spent holidays together, and seen each other through family and health crises. They’re even moving … Continue reading


Published: The GOP’s Health-Care Bill Is Absurdly Cruel to Sexual Assault Victims

Originally published in DAME magazine View this story online It never occurred to Jessica* to not report her rape. After being attacked at a bar when she was 24, she immediately told her friends, and the cops were called. She … Continue reading


Published: Has Broadway Discovered … Feminism?

Originally published in Dame Magazine View this story online The Tony Awards are hardly known as a feminist event, but on Sunday, June 11, if we are lucky, we may be witnessing a first. In the theater world, especially on … Continue reading


Published: The Daughter of a Muslim Feminist Icon on the Many Faces of “Self-Defense”

Originally published in Fusion Read this story online In Front Lines, Fusion speaks to activists leading the charge in all kinds of ways. Nasreen Alkhateeb’s teenage rebellion wasn’t too different from other adolescent girls’ in the suburbs of Washington D.C. … Continue reading


Published: With “She,” Jinah Parker Triumphs Over A Culture That Abuses Women

Originally published on The Village Voice View this story online Just over a year ago, when Jinah Parker began working on She, a dance- and spoken word–centered exploration of violence against women, she had no idea it would take her … Continue reading


Published: For the men writing and directing female roles on Broadway, an exercise in empathy

Originally published on Broadway News View this story online A pivotal moment pauses a boisterous cocktail hour in the second act of “Oslo,” the new Tony-nominated play chronicling behind-the-scenes moments in international diplomacy. The unusual scene occurs when a group … Continue reading